Should American schools start teaching a foreign language (let's say Spanish) starting in late elementary school (3rd or 4th grade) and finish Spanish in 8th grade, and then when students' get to high school (9th-12th grade) they start a second foreign language of their own choice (Schools would be required to teach 2 foreign languages other than Spanish, so that the student wouldn't be forced to take Spanish again, unless they wanted to continue it, of course). I've noticed that some (many?) European school systems do this, and was wondering what everyone's opinion on the matter was.
I personally think it would be a nice addition to the American Education system, learning more language is something I agree with, especially as a monolingual American (who's stuck in Spanish and hates it, but that's all my school offers, would have taken German or Russian otherwise).
So, comments, thoughts, opinions, etc away! What do you think?